Posts Tagged ‘NYC

MATT & KIM – Sidewalks

October 29, 2010

Matt & Kim, the too-cute couple duo from Brooklyn, present their third full-length album. Their sound hasn’t changed too much from their previous albums: upbeat indie pop/rock with nerdy male vocals. Fans of previous albums should be pleased. I’m personally not as crazy about this as I was for their first two albums, but I […]

THE DRUMS – The Drums

July 4, 2010

The Brooklyn quartet finally releases their first full-length album, after tempting us constantly with singles and an EP. They sound like they came straight out of the 1980’s post-punk/indie scene. I’m shocked they’re not British. Their music is great and if they’re not huge by the time I post this review then I am sure […]

RATATAT – LP4

June 27, 2010

The duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud returns with their aptly-titled fourth album, LP4. I learned that this album is best played loudly on a decent stereo system. Your computer speakers just will not do. I also learned that I still think Ratatat’s first two albums are their best efforts. Sure, LP4 is good […]

WE ARE SCIENTISTS – Barbara

June 22, 2010

Third album from these guys. They’ve got a new drummer – Andy Burrows, formerly of Razorlight – for this release. Barbara is definitely a return to form for We Are Scientists. It may be just as good, if not better, than their debut album With Love And Squalor. We all know how many times I’ve […]

THE POSTELLES – White Night EP

May 2, 2010

This is the best music the Kooks have released since their debut album! Except, uh, this isn’t the Kooks. This is the Postelles. They are a quartet from New York City and two of the songs on this EP were produced by Albert Hammond, Jr. Garage pop meets British Rock. Fantastic stuff. In fact, this […]

MATT and KIM – Matt and Kim; MATT and KIM – Grand

March 14, 2010

Matt & Kim’s self-titled debut was released in 2006, and Grand, the follow-up, was released in 2009. I’m reviewing them now because, while scouring the internet for shows coming to my area, I found that this Brooklyn-based duo is scheduled to play around here very soon. Not many bands playing original music play near where […]

BISHOP ALLEN – Grrr…

March 10, 2009

The Brooklyn-via-Massachusetts band releases their third full-length album, and the second one to be on the Dead Oceans label. They had their song “Middle Management” off of their previous album, The Broken String, featured on the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist soundtrack and also appeared in the film. This increased attention has not meant a […]

PLUSHGUN – Pins & Panzers

March 5, 2009

Debut album for the Brooklyn-based group that began as a solo project for Daniel Ignala, but has since evolved into the trio that it is today. They make cute indie pop/synth pop with very pleasant male vocals. Bleeps and bloops throughout. It’s fun, sugary goodness, and very well done. RIYL The Postal Service. http://www.myspace.com/plushgun http://www.plushgun.com

Nous Non PlusMenagerie

February 6, 2009

The second album for the band that formed following the dissolution of Les Sans Culottes. Though they were formed in New York City, the songs are primarily sung in French (the lead singer, Celine Dijon, did grow up in Paris). They play delightful pop music that should get your toes tappin’. They’re awesome. They cover […]

The So So GlosTourism/Terrorism

October 28, 2008

They’re a quartet of young dudes from Brooklyn, and they play rock/punk/garage. The singer reminds me of The Hives’ Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. They have a bit of a DIY/lo-fi feel to them. They are really cool but, unfortunately, the singer likes to say “fuck” so there’s not too many radio-friendly songs. Of course if you […]

The VirginsThe Virgins

July 5, 2008

Following the release of their excellent, albeit somewhat lo-fi, “Virgins EP” at the end of 2007, they return with their first full-length album. Hailing from NYC, they might as well be the new Strokes. Great tunes combine with good looks and the swagger that a band should have. They have realized that the secret to […]

The Hold SteadyStay Positive

June 29, 2008

This is the fourth full-length from the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis quintet. With their huge riffs, sing-along choruses, and a sound big enough to fill up an arena, they would make Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band or Thin Lizzy proud. The lyrics still focus on sex, drugs, or both; long-time fans will enjoy the references to characters […]

The SpecimenDo U Damage EP

May 1, 2008

Led by Matt Gorny, born in Poland; New York City dweller since he was eleven. Apparently he won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 2007. He makes upbeat electro-infused rock that has a high level of danceability. Some of the songs are decent and could probably get played in a club somewhere. A few bored […]

MusselsLittle Voices

February 12, 2008

From New York City, this is their debut record. It comes in awesome packaging that is hand numbered, very nice. The music is straight-up indie rock with male vocals. A bit sloppy at times, on purpose. I imagine that if the Walkmen, back when they actually rocked, covered Wolf Parade, when they actually put out […]

The Big SleepSleep Forever

February 9, 2008

(The closest I can find to the cover right now…) From Brooklyn, here is the three-piece’s second full-length. Rock with a definite post-rock influence and some noisy bits thrown in (see: Sonic Youth). Some instrumental tracks, some with male vocals, some with female vocals, and some with both. More intense than usual post-rock, they skip […]

The FleshtonesTake A Good Look!

January 26, 2008

Formed in Queens in 1976, these guys have been releasing records since the early 1980s. A testament to the fact that being old doesn’t mean you can’t rock, these guys know how to kick out the jams. Twelve tracks of solid toe-tappin’ garage-rock pop goodness, this rocks. Thank goodness for bands like this. http://www.myspace.com/fleshtones http://www.fleshtones.org

Nina Nastasia – Dogs

January 22, 2008

Nina Nastasia’s debut album impresses with a strong leading vocal and a simple acoustic guitar backing. This debut comes out with a variety of instruments played by associates, ranging from many stringed instruments (cello, mandolin, violin) to the drums and piano. Although this album was released in 2000, only 1,500 copies were released out of […]

The RopesCry To The Beat EP

January 22, 2008

Here is the newest EP from New York City’s female-fronted dance-rock band, The Ropes. The different parts of the songs, such as verse/chorus/bridge, don’t really flow together naturally and it makes for a jarring listen. It sounds like they can write decent parts of songs, but not whole songs. An underwhelming effort. As a side […]